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Alexander Roman Zatonski

In memory of:

Flying Officer Alexander Roman Zatonski

December 6, 1941

Military Service


Service Number:

43052

Age:

26

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Air Force

Division:

238 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

November 1, 1915
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Son of Joseph and Martha Zatonski, of Brantford, Ontario. Husband of Constance Mary (née Bunce) Zatonski, of Seaway Mount, Seaway Lane, Cockington, Torquay, South Devon, England. The family settled in Canada in 1926. At Central School in Brantford, Alex was active in its Skylark Club. He later attended Brantford Collegiate Institute where he earned the respect of his teachers and coaches for both his academic achievements and for his athletic prowess, especially football. Prior to the invasion of Poland, 24 year old Alexander was in London, England attempting to arrange immediate transportation to the 'old country'. Bitterly disappointed that he was unable to fight for his parents homeland, Alex joined the Royal Air Force rather than return to Canada. After some time in the RAF, he met his wife and they were married on 21 May 1941. On October 23, 1941, he was posted to the 238 Squadron and left Glasgow, Scotland, and a few days later for the Middle East. On 6 December 1941, he flew his first sortie over the desert, later in the day, on his second sortie, the plane in which he was flying was attacked from above. He regretfully never met his son, John Alexander. The City of Brantford named Zatonski Avenue for Flight Officer Alexander Zatonski, and registered it on 29 March 2001.

Commemorated on Page 615 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ALAMEIN MEMORIAL
Egypt

Grave Reference:

Column 241.

Location:

Alamein is a village which is bypassed by the main coast road approximately 130 kilometres west of Alexandria on the way to Mersa Matruh. The first Commission road direction sign is located just beyond the Alamein police checkpoint and all cemetery visitors should turn off from the main road onto the old coast road, which is parallel to the former. The cemetery and the ALAMEIN MEMORIAL both lie beyond the ridge. Road direction signs are in place approximately 25 metres before the low metal gates and stone wing walls which are situated centrally at the road edge at the head of the access path which leads down through the memorial building and into the cemetery. The Cross of Sacrifice feature may be seen from the road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star November 1940. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Alexander Zatonski– Zatonski Avenue, in Brantford, Ontario was named in honour of Flying Officer Alexander Zatonski.  Note the following corrections to the text accompanying this photo:
He was born in the USA on November 1, 1915
He married Constance Mary Bunce
He was initially shot down in August, 1940
Photo from the Album of Honour for Brant County published by the Brantford Kinsmen Club in 1946.  Additional information and photo courtesy of Floyd Williston, May 2003.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Album Cover– Album of Honour for Brant County World War II 1939-1945
Published in 1946 by The Brantford Kinsmen Club and submitted with their permission by Operation Picture Me

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